I say that when a TV reporter shoves a mic into your face and asks your your comment, ask the reporter if they get paid to do this. Then ask why you don’t get paid for this commentary. Don’t work for free!


He left out Haiti.



  1. What? The moth is always drawn to the flame? says:

    http://youtu.be/prTarrgvkjo explains how Alphie is so easily manipulated.

    Excellent post.

  2. Admfubar says:

    i dunno, it all sounds very elitist to me…

    • What? The moth is always drawn to the flame? says:

      I’m curious what your comment means to tell us. Could you say more?

      • bobbo, we think with words, and flower with ideas says:

        Straight forward: the clip is from a journalist telling us that only journalists can tell us the truth. I too would call that elitist.

        but its also the truth. Nothing wrong with being/having elitists until like the complaint here they do not perform their function.

  3. Captain Obvious says:

    Journalism is now about making money as it’s primary motivator. Fox News and talk radio found a market and is very good at providing predictable entertainment. Tech journalism is just as bad since it’s mainly an advertising channel for tech companies.

    The internet is changing that. Individuals with a voice can create a brand and make money. Obviously you’ll get more actual journalism from TWiT than from Forbes/WSJ/NYT/CNET combined.

  4. Uncle_Charlie's_Ghost says:

    Good to see sme Adam Curtis stuff here. Some really good articles on his blog – the most recent is an excellent piece on Ghaddafi.

  5. dcphill says:

    Now how can we tell whom to trust? I think that it is high anxiety that is ruling so much of the worlds people and our elected leaders are incapable or unwilling to do anything about it.

  6. ivan says:

    YES! Finally! John mentioned Adam Curtis while back in the show.
    His stuff are more meditations about the subject. Total immersions.

  7. Ah_Yea says:

    These videos, as good as they are, misses one fundamentally important point.

    How did we go from Woodward and Bernstein at the Post uncovering government corruption to the Post covering up government corruption?

    When and why did news go from investigating the government to becoming shills for the government?

  8. B. Dog says:

    Uh, he misses the distraction of the week aspect, as well as the Orwellian stir up hate aspect. Matt Taibi touches on some of this:

    http://rollingstone.com/politics/news/how-the-hype-became-bigger-than-the-presidential-election-20121009

  9. SPOCK says:

    all of curtis’ stuff is pretty thought provoking. the first
    time i watched some of his other material regarding the
    self, propaganda, and rise of the machines… it sent some
    ripples through my brain. to fully comprehend the nature
    of the human mind is an impossible task, but interesting
    to think about. i haven’t seen this piece yet though, so
    thanks for the post… and how about them giants eh?